I always come back from from a Raspberry Jamboree with more geek stuff and trinkets , let’s face it it would be rude not to. The latest CamJam was no exception, and I will actually review some of it here starting with Adafruit’s Low-profile microSD card adapter for Raspberry Pi. It is a very low cost , high-tech adapter – enabling the use of Micro-SD cards – for good or for bad. The build quality as with most things Adafruit is very good and the Micro SD card inserts into the adapter with a very well engineered and satisfying click. At  about £6 ($5.95 from the US) it is a very well priced accessory.adafrit ad4

The Build Quality of the Adafruit adapter is great, very well engineered.

  So that’s it then , all good – end of story . . . . . . errr well not quite, the main purpose of the adapter is to create a more low profile SD card adapter reducing the risk of breakages and accidents damaging the SD card socket. Which  it does, it is not protruding much more than 3 mm from the RaspberryPi when properly inserted. adafrit ad2 This is great for when you use the RaspberryPi without any cover, case or enclosure – the risk of tearing the SD card out is minimal, BUT what if you want a highly desirable PiBow wrapping your precious Pi ?? Well the adapter unfortunately adds 2mm to the thickness of the SD card slot rendering a lot of Raspberry Pi cases unusable without modification. (Pimoroni offers replacement bottom layers)



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PiBow Ninja case clearly shows a 1 mm gap between the 2 bottom sections, also you can not reach the Micro SD. This could be modified if you’re handy with needle files & wet/dry abrasive paper just remember Acrylic cracks very easily. Pimoroni also offers replacement PiBow bottom layers to fit the  MicroSD card Adapter at a  measly  £2.

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Clear Element14 case will not shut as Adapter / Micro SD rubs on bottom lip, this could  be modified to work a lot easier – with a bit of filing and sanding on the bottom lip.

So would I recommend the Adafruit Adapter ?? Yes absolutely albeit a bit to chunky – if you are NOT protecting your RaspberryPi with a standard fit case or enclosure and you mainly deal with Micro SD cards. For those of you looking to pimp your Pi I would probably look at something like the  Shortening microSD adapter for Raspberry Pi – again from Adafruit or ThePiHut with a lower thickness profile. As already mentioned replacement bottom layers are available for all PiBow cases. Please share you’re own experiences, leave comments below if your have come across different solutions.


About jarjartee

Teacher, Geek and Code Evangelist. Spreading the joy of programming, robotics and hacking. STEM ambassador. RaspberryPi Instructor.

7 responses »

  1. I had the same problem – cases don’t have quite enough give in them. The other thing to bear in mind is that the thicker adapter squeezes the pins. After a while you can’t use a normal thickness SD card in the Pi because the contact becomes intermittent.


  2. jarjartee says:

    Good point made by Michael, yes my 1 of my concerns as mentioned was the thickness, it is quite a tight fit but should in theory not have to remove the adaptor 1nce plugged in.


  3. […] Jarle Teigland got hold of one of these adapters at the July 2014 CamJam and has blogged a review about it. Read it here. […]


  4. The Nwazet cases, such as the camera case (https://nwazet.com/camera-box) fully support those adapters.


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